After 20+ years in the Hospitality & Tourism industry, Michael found his entrepreneurial drive in 2007. He co-founded, ABQ Trolley Co., now a sub company of the newly named parent company, Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory. AT&SF is the parent company of four companies. These companies are:
ABQ Trolley Co/The LUX
Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk
Duke City Pedaler
ABQ In Box
In 2014, Michael founded, Rude Boy Cookies. Rude Boy Cookies is a sweet shop serving fresh baked cookies and ice cream.
Michael is a fiercely proud Burqueno, a frequent speaker across the city on entrepreneurship and philanthropy and serves on many boards, to include:
-President/UNM Alumni Association
-Board member/Small Business Regulatory Advisory Committee (Mayor appointment)
– Board member/Presbyterian Hospital Foundation
– Foundation Board Member/ ACES TECH Charter School
In 2019, The 20th Annual New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards named Michael the winner of the award for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice.
In 2020, Michael co-founded the community organization, BURQUE Against Racism (B.A.R.) B.A.R. is committed to fighting systematic racism with a goal to lift and support All Black Lives in Albuquerque.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. Michael enjoys Lobo basketball, playing music (saxophone and drums) and spending time with friends and family. Michael has been married for 18 years, has one daughter and two dogs.